Vero Beach Distracted Driving Lawyer
While distracted driving may not be explicitly against the law, it is dangerous, and when distracted driving leads to a crash, the distracted driver may be held liable for injuries. At the law offices of Vocelle & Berg, LLP, our double board certified Vero Beach distracted driving lawyer have witnessed the damage that distracted driving can cause, and have helped crash victims in our state recover damages for their losses.
Types of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving extends well beyond the use of a cellphone while behind the wheel. In addition to texting or talking on a mobile device, other types of distracted driving include driving while:
- Navigating/using a map or GPS;
- Using social media sites or apps;
- Checking email;
- Applying makeup;
- Engaging in personal grooming;
- Looking out the window at other things besides the road;
- Attending to children or pets;
- Changing the radio;
- Dancing while driving; and
- Talking to other passengers.
In fact, distractions can be cognitive, manual, or visual in nature, and even something as seemingly harmless as chatting with a passenger can be distracting.
How Distracted Driving Leads to Accidents
Distracted driving takes a driver’s attention from the road and applies it to another task, object, or thought. When a driver’s full attention is not concentrated on the act of driving, or when vision is obstructed or one or both hands are taken off of the wheel, a driver’s reaction time is impaired. Consider this: if a driver is distracted for even five seconds and their vehicle is traveling at 55 miles per hour, they can travel the entire length of a football field without knowing what’s going on.
Liability for a Distracted Driving Accident
When a distracted driver causes an accident in Florida, they may be held liable for the damages they cause. While Florida is a no-fault state, meaning that each driver is responsible for filing a claim with their own insurance company after a crash regardless of fault, if injuries are serious, drivers may step outside of the no-fault system. When an injured party steps outside of the no-fault system, they do so by filing a claim (or a lawsuit) against the at-fault driver.
If you have suffered serious injuries and can prove that your car crash would not have occurred but for the distracted driving of the at-fault party, you can hold the distracted driver liable for your injuries. This means that you can recover compensation for the full extent of your losses, including both economic and noneconomic damages.
We Help You Recover Your Maximize Settlement
At the law offices of Vocelle & Berg, LLP, our experienced Vero Beach distracted driving lawyers are superior at what we do, and know that our job is to assist you in recovering your maximum settlement amount. We strategically build your claim, investigate the facts, and aggressively negotiate on your behalf to improve your chances of getting every cent you deserve. To schedule a free consultation with our law firm, call our offices today or use our online form to request your initial case review.